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Sept. 3, 2021—WICHITA, Kan.—Officials of Wichita Festivals, Inc. today released their current COVID-19 event protocols and announced event changes the public can expect at this fall’s Riverfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

“So many citizens have reached out to tell us how excited they are to join together again and celebrate our city and each other,” said Teri Mott, director of marketing and communications at WFI. “We are encouraging our neighbors to care for each other and exhibit personal responsibility by masking, vaccinating and socially distancing, both before and during the festival.” 

The following COVID-19 protocols have been established by WFI staff with the understanding that details can change at any time. The full statement along with any updates will be posted at WichitaRiverfest.com and AutumnandArt.com

  • Unvaccinated attendees are asked to wear a mask at all Riverfest and other WFI events.  

  • We urge vaccinated attendees to wear a mask in crowded areas.  

  • For indoor events, masks are encouraged.  

  • Social distancing is strongly encouraged at both outdoor and indoor event venues.  

  • Hand sanitizers will be available at several locations across the festival grounds.  

  • Hands-free refilling stations for water bottles will be available and sanitized regularly.  

  • Ticket booths, counters and tables will be sanitized regularly.  

  • The merchandise tent will have masks on hand and will accept cashless payment options. 

Riverfest adult admission buttons ($10) will be available at area QuikTrip locations starting Sept. 6. Children’s buttons (for kids 6-12) are $5 and will be available at the festival gates only, during the event. Kids five years old and younger get in free. Those who bought Riverfest 2020 buttons can use them for admission to the fall portion of the festival, which will be gated. 

A handful of events that traditionally attract a large number of youngsters 12 and younger, including Kids Corner and Ottaway Carnival, will not take place this fall. The Sundown Parade will take place as a “reverse” parade, with viewers driving through a line-up of the parade entries. Headliner concerts, fireworks, river events, food vendors, and more are currently scheduled to take place. 

This fall’s events are listed at WichitaRiverfest.com or download the Wichita Riverfest Mobile App for Android or iPhone.

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